Marc (from Lothar Lorraine) said he believes me to be too much of a culture warrior, and I should step back from that a bit.
Here’s the thing though: I step back from that sort of thing a LOT. I have also written:
. Counting DLC’s, five video game reviews, plus a list of my top ten video games
. Around 8 or so posts on various Sherlock Holmes related news
. Off the top of my head two separate book reviews (“Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis and “The Book Thief”)
. Two post about Firefly and a review of the movie Serenity
. A list of my top five superhero movies
. Two posts on the “How I Met Your Mother” finale and a very early post on “Friends”
. Two posts on dealing with my shyness and issues relating to it
. And, most recently, a post about baseball
Here’s the thing though: Nobody, or very few people, reads these posts. I write them mostly because I want to put my thoughts in concrete words, and if other people are interested I welcome the discussion. It’s hardly my fault that people are interested in the most ideological things I write.
In fact, Crude, as an example, engages in the “culture war” more than I do, and has recently been advocating more aggressive action from conservatives.
Now, what Marc probably meant is that he thinks I am too aggressive. But really, when people almost word for word call me an “asshole”, in person, for being pro-life, or tell people on a public online forum that I’m out of the closet as a Hitler admirer, or wildly misrepresent me then accuse me of not caring about raped or suicidal women, then yes, I’m not going to sit back and reply with a patient smile and a “let’s try and understand THEIR side of things”. To date I have issued one direct apology, and I meant it, but I still believe it is the only one I’ve ever truly owed.
To Marc directly: You feel disgust towards fundamentalists and new atheists. You realize that, to me, those who support abortion are supporting something I consider utterly despicable? Imagine that you’re talking to white supremacists, who are telling you that black people should be enslaved once again because they are meant to be underneath their white masters. Would you treat these people the same way you’d treat any other intellectual opponent who disagrees with you?
So yes, I can be harsh when I disagree with people, but I see absolutely no reason to be “nice” all the time. One thing I always try to do is present my opponent’s side of things equally – you’ll notice that in the Hitler exchange a couple of articles ago I not only posted the offending quote but also described the conversation that led up to it and even quoted it a couple of times.
So excuse me for not being nice to somebody who claims I’m an out of the closet Hitler admirer.
If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.